Where to hike in the Hamilton area (and what to snack on while you’re doing it)
Even with all of the snow we’ve had in recent weeks, Ontario is a great place to hike year round. In fact, some people genuinely prefer to hike in winter! After all, the scenery is beautiful, the winter birds are gorgeous and there’s nothing like the satisfying crunch of fresh snow under your boots. Plus, with COVID-19 restrictions in place, it’s great to have access to an activity that’s safe, enjoyable and good for you!
If you’re planning some hikes this weekend, we’ve got suggestions. Here’s where to go hiking in the greater Hamilton and Halton areas, plus what food to pack to keep your energy up along the way. Bundle up, stay safe and enjoy!
Where to hike in Hamilton, Halton and the surrounding areas
Conservation Hamilton, Conservation Halton and the Bruce Trail offer incredible hiking paths that are family-friendly, accessible in winter and close to home. A few of our favourite spots include Valens Lake (this is a great one for young children, as many of the paths are very flat and free of sudden drop-offs) and Dundas Valley (this is a hillier area that’s not quite as stroller-friendly, but it’s got a variety of interesting, winding trails). There’s also Crawford Lake just north of Burlington (avoid this one when it’s icy — the boardwalks can be treacherous at any age!) and beautiful Mount Nemo (also north of Burlington). If you want an easy hike and a closer look at some birds of prey, visit Mountsberg and their raptor centre — you might get the chance to see a few horses outside the barn as well! And, if you want to venture out to Westfield Heritage Centre, you may be inspired to bring a winter picnic!
If you’re up for a slightly more adventurous hike that’s still family-friendly, consider visiting one of Hamilton’s many waterfalls. The Devil’s Punchbowl is pretty spectacular, and Tiffany Falls is very cool in the winter season. Hilton Falls, which is located over in Milton, is a straightforward hike with a small but lovely waterfall at the end.
A number of local conservation areas have great snowshoe trails or designated areas for cross-country skiing. You can rent snowshoes or bring your own.
Great hikes, great eats
If you’re going to be hiking, you’re going to be hungry — and we know a thing or two about good food. Try bringing along some of our delicious beef jerky, a few apples, your favourite nuts and some string cheese. You can also pack our Little VeeGees mild pepperettes (or the hot ones, if you’re spicy like that) for an easy, delicious snack that travels well. Going on a long, scenic hike? Pack some sandwiches using high quality deli meats from our partners at Rowe Farms — available online and in stores! Don’t forget a water bottle (hydration is important, even in colder weather) and most of all, have fun. Happy hiking!